setDOMAttribute(element, attribute, value )

This function sets a DOM/HTML property or attribute on an element. The DOM is the browser’s Document Object Model that represents all of the HTML on a page.


  • element – the reference to a DOM element

  • attribute – the HTML attribute to set

  • value – the value to assign to the attribute specified


In this example, we will set the value attribute of a textbox to “Please Enter your name”.

setDOMAttribute("TextBox1", "value", "Please Enter your name");

The line of code above is equivalent to:

changeElementValue("TextBox1", "Please Enter your name");

In the next example, we will disable a textbox so users will not be able to type any information in that textbox. In this case, we assign an onclick event handler function to a button that changes the “disabled” attribute on an input field to true.

// get the button object var button = getObj("my_button"); // assign an onclick handler function to the button button.onclick = function() { setDOMAttribute("I_6_20", "disabled", true); }

Other DOM properties such as size, maxlength, align, etc. can be changed as well depending on the type of DOM element.